Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, set to enter commercial operations very shortly, recently hit a snag when one of the project’s turbine generators sustained damage after a drill bit was left inside.
The developer confirms to North American Windpower that GE discovered the problem during recent testing of the project, situated off the coast of Block Island, R.I.
The 30 MW Block Island Wind farm comprises five 6 MW Haliade 150 offshore wind turbines, supplied by GE. According to a press release from Deepwater, each turbine tower consists of three sections with a total height of approximately 270 feet and a total weight of approximately 440 tons.
Just the other day, Deepwater Wind revealed that the project, which will be the U.S.’ first offshore wind farm, would be entering commercial operations “in a matter of days,” following a four-month testing phase.
Despite the recent human error, the company notes that a “short delay for this turbine is not unusual,” and GE expects to have the machine up and running “in the near term.” (Deepwater brings up the fact one or more turbines will regularly be out of service due to scheduled maintenance over the 20-year lifetime of the project.)
In fact, the developer maintains that commercial operations will still take place shortly, and the project will start powering Block Island “in the coming days.”